Convicted Tax Atty Shreds Klein Doctrine In High Court Bid

Law360, New York (May 1, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT) -- A former Ernst & Young LLP attorney appealed his tax fraud conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court last week, saying the widely used Klein conspiracy doctrine uses an overly broad definition of the term "defraud" and is untenable post-Skilling.

Convicted former Ernst & Young attorney Robert Coplan said on April 26 that the Klein doctrine — named after a 1957 Second Circuit decision allowing the U.S. government to criminally charge those who impede the U.S. Internal Revenue Service — is overbroad and should be pared down...
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